Board of Directors

L. Michael Spath, D. Min., Ph.D.

Founder and Executive Director

Michael Spath is the Founder and Executive Director of Indiana Center for Middle East Peace based in Fort Wayne, IN. He holds a PhD in Historical Theology, with an emphasis in Islam and Muslim-Christian Relations, and a Doctor of Ministry … Read More

Terry Dougherty

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Terry has served on the Indiana Center board since 2010 when he assumed the responsibilities of Treasurer of the corporation. He has served as Chairman since 2016. Terry is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Afghanistan from … Read More

John Detraz

Co-Founder and Vice President

John is a retired Raytheon/ Magnavox Engineer in various engineering and management positions. A member of First Presbyterian Church for over 30 years, he chaired various committees and served as a Deacon and Elder. John is a co-founder of … Read More

Patricia Pendleton

Co-Founder and Secretary of the Corporation

Patricia Pendleton taught English, Spanish, and adult literacy in public schools for over 30 years. She likes to travel, read, hike, sing in a choir, be with family and friends, and work for environmental sustainability and social … Read More

Ahmed Abdelmageed, Pharm.D.


Ahmed is the Associate Director of Experiential Education at Manchester University, Fort Wayne, IN. He is a board member of the Muslim Alliance of Indiana. Ahmed is married and the father of three children. … Read More

Ronald Caldwell, M.D.


Ron is a retired orthopedic surgeon. A member of the Episcopal Church, he vows “to strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.” Ron is married and a father of three adult sons, all … Read More

Mary Ahnee A. Connor


Ahnee is a retired teacher; in addition, she chairs the board of Just Friends-Interfaith Hospitality Network, a homeless shelter for families. … Read More

Barbara O’Connor


Barbara is a retired Assistant Registrar at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, IN. Barbara was also the founder of Just Peace, an interfaith peace and justice organization, on the USF campus. She married and the mother of five … Read More

Sam Jarjour


Sam is a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, a member of the national Lawyers’ Guild, and is a private practice attorney representing clients in Indiana State and Federal Courts specializing in Family Law. He is committed to … Read More

Amar Masri


Amar was born in Nablus, Palestine and forced to flee to Jordan with hs family in 1967. He immigrated in 1976 to the US to attend Boston University. Amar is the father of 3 children and is very active in charity work. … Read More